Monday, February 28, 2022

Ukraine invasion: Misleading claims continue to go viral

From BBC News

An image showing two children seeing off a convoy of Ukrainian forces into battle has generated millions of engagements - likes and shares.

But the image was first published in 2016.

It was taken by a volunteer photographer for the Ukrainian defence ministry who was later dismissed over allegations that he had staged some of his combat images.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

22nd World Press Freedom Canada International Editorial Cartoon Competition


1. The theme for the 22nd International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:

Silence is golden

Cancel culture has become a source of our newest cultural cleavage.
Whether it be on social media or at live events, 'cancelling' someone has become a modern day version of excommunication and is being used as a weapon by political partisans both left and right to discourage civil discourse and media freedom.
In opposing systemic racism, misogyny and xenophobia, progressives feel the need to resort to extreme tactics in an attempt to be heard.
Fearing that history is being re-written, traditionalists, for their part, use cancel culture to silence critics and whitewash history's wrongs.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Bill Woodman (1939-2022)

 From Mike Lynch Cartoons.

Cartoonist Bill Woodman passed away on Saturday. He was 85 years old. 

Born in Bangor, Maine, upon high school graduation, he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Timmerman which patrolled the Rhine River.

Upon discharge, he took the next bus to New York, knowing that that was the place to start his cartooning career. 

Friday, February 11, 2022

Badiucao Collection Denounces Beijing Winter Olympics

From Cartooning for Peace

On 1 February 2022, Chinese cartoonist Badiucao launched the Beijing 2022 Olympicscollection calling for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics due to the Chinese government’s human rights violations.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Vale Hard Lay (1963-2022)

Phil Thornton from Karen News

Burma cartoonist Harn Lay died today in Taunggyi, Shan State. He passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Clay Bennett defends Art Spiegelman by lampooning the ‘Maus’ firestorm

 Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

The battles over which books get taught is an ongoing national debate, but for Clay Bennett, the fresh skirmish in Tennessee especially hit home.

“This particular episode was a local story for me,” says Bennett, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, meaning that the epicenter of last month’s controversy over the graphic novel “Maus” was “just up the road” from him in McMinn County.

That is where the school board unanimously voted Jan. 10 to remove “Maus” from its eighth-grade language arts curriculum, citing profanity, nudity and violence — eventually sparking a national conversation over why the seminal graphic memoir centered on the Holocaust was being removed from the classroom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Arafat cartoon exhibition causes uproar in Palestine

 From The New Arab.

The Yasser Arafat Foundation announced on Monday the removal of all cartoons from a controversial exhibition it had organised in Ramallah.

The exhibition, titled "Palestine and Yasser Arafat", was inaugurated on Sunday by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtayeh at the Yasser Arafat Museum.

It included 104 artists from some 43 countries and some 350 works and was described as showing "solidarity with Palestine and the roots of Yasser Arafat’s memory in the international community".

The artworks represent the artists' depictions of Yasser Arafat "not the reality of who he was", the curators added.